Dabholkar murder case: Forensics to ascertain if recovered weapon was used to kill rationalist
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Dabholkar murder case: Forensics to ascertain if recovered weapon was used to kill rationalist

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Days after the alleged shooter in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, Sachin Andure, reportedly revealed that he had given a firearm to his brothers-in-law for safekeeping, the CBI and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday recovered a 7.65 bore pistol from a residence in Aurangabad’s Manjit Pride Colony.

The CBI will now send the weapon to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) to ascertain if it was used by the shooters in the 2013 murder of the Pune-based rationalist. Andure, a Commerce graduate from Aurangabad, was arrested last week from his residence by the CBI for his alleged role in the killing. Besides the revolver, the agencies also recovered three live cartridges, a dagger and a sword during searches carried out on Tuesday.

“Andure claims that after killing Dabholkar on August 20, 2013, he handed over the weapon to Pune resident Amol Kale. Then, when Kale visited him at his Aurangabad residence in 2014, he gave Andure a weapon. Andure is non-committal if this was the same weapon he had used to kill Dabholkar the previous year, or if this weapon was used in subsequent murders of other rationalists, or why Kale asked him to keep this weapon safe,” said an official requesting anonymity.

“Andure said he later gave this pistol and other weapons for safekeeping to his brothers-in-law Shubham Swarale and Ajinkya Swarale. On Monday night, when the brothers-...

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